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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas to the CEOs of Discord, Snap, and X (formerly known as Twitter) to testify at a hearing on December 6, 2023, regarding online child sexual exploitation12345. The subpoenas were announced by U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee13. The CEOs subpoenaed are Jason Citron of Discord, Evan Spiegel of Snap Inc., and Linda Yaccarino of X12345. The committee has also been in discussions with Meta and TikTok, and expects their CEOs—Mark Zuckerberg and Shou Zi Chew—to agree to testify voluntarily12345. The hearing will allow committee members to question the CEOs of some of the world's largest social media companies about their failures to protect children online12345. The subpoenas were issued after the CEOs of Discord and X refused to appear voluntarily during several weeks of negotiations12345. In an unusual move, the U.S. Marshals Service had to personally serve the subpoenas to these CEOs after their companies declined to accept the summons on their behalf12345. Snap's CEO, Evan Spiegel, has already agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee1235. Representatives from X and Snap have indicated that their leaders will be participating in the hearing1235. Discord has also stated that it has been actively engaging with the committee on how it can best contribute to this important industry discussion1245.
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